By: Joe Graedon January 11, 2018 7 Comments
    Do Ibuprofen Side Effects Include Hormone Imbala…

    Pain relievers like ibuprofen are “the most commonly used over-the-counter drugs worldwide (Nature Reviews Endocrinology, July, 2016). People assume that if the FDA permits OTC sale, such products m…

    By: Terry Graedon January 11, 2018 1 Comments
    Will Magic Mushroom Compound Ease Depression?

    Psilocybin is the psychoactive compound in hallucinogenic mushrooms. Humans have used this magic mushroom compound in rituals for thousands of years. The compound alters sensory perceptions and even t…

    By: Terry Graedon January 10, 2018 14 Comments
    Is the Flu Worse Than Usual This Year?

    This year, the flu season may be shaping up to be worse than usual. In California, health officials estimate that this may be the most severe season in a decade. What could make the flu worse? Which F…

    By: Terry Graedon January 10, 2018 1 Comments
    Beta Blockers Boost Benefits from Cancer Immunot…

    Beta blocker heart medicines have been available for decades. Drugs like propranolol are prescribed to treat the pain of angina, lower high blood pressure and prevent migraine headaches. Might they al…

    By: Terry Graedon January 10, 2018 3 Comments
    How Does Your Neighborhood Affect Your Waistline…

    Where you live may affect your waistline. We may not think that our environment changes our behavior, but there is evidence that it does. The Waistline Effect: British researchers report that people w…

    By: Terry Graedon January 10, 2018 37 Comments
    Show 1071: How You Can Get Relief from Chronic P…

    Spine surgeon David Hanscom does some of the most complicated surgery you can imagine on bad backs. But his patients get even more relief from chronic pain by employing the nonsurgical techniques he o…

    By: Joe Graedon January 8, 2018 25 Comments
    What to Do About Arthritis Pain When NSAIDs Are …

    Tens of millions of people suffer constant arthritis pain. Many of them have severe joint deterioration. The usual recommendation is to take NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). You know: ib…

    By: Terry Graedon January 8, 2018 4 Comments
    Why Do Cough Lozenges Ease Indigestion?

    Heartburn is hardly a new phenomenon. Humans have probably had to contend with indigestion for as long as the species has existed. Still, it often seems as though 21st century Americans suffer more of…

    By: Joe Graedon January 8, 2018 2 Comments
    Serotonin Syndrome From Lexapro Plus Robitussin …

    Millions of people take antidepressant medications like escitalopram (Lexapro), citalopram (Celexa), fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil) or sertraline (Zoloft). These are known as SSRIs (selective…

    By: Joe Graedon January 8, 2018 27 Comments
    Should You Worry About Germs on Your Coffee Cup …

    Do you pay attention when you visit your local coffee shop? Can you observe the person who fills your mug or places the lid on your paper cup? Does that person wear disposable gloves? We are constantl…

    By: Terry Graedon January 8, 2018 2 Comments
    Which Berries Are Best for Your Brain?

    Would you like to stay sharp as you grow older? Almost everyone would. Memory lapses can be extremely frustrating as well as embarrassing, particularly when they start to become more frequent. Experts…

    By: Joe Graedon January 8, 2018 9 Comments
    Overcoming Chapped Lips and Dry Skin in the Wint…

    Are you licking your lips? That is the first sign they are becoming dry and chapped. Lip licking is the worst thing you can do to your lips. It may temporarily make them feel better but licking just d…

    By: Terry Graedon January 8, 2018 3 Comments
    Can Magnesium Help You Sleep Without Causing Dia…

    Have you seen warnings that too little sleep will ruin your health? Sleep deprivation keeps the brain from functioning optimally (Slama et al, Sleep, Dec. 2017). It can also lead to insulin resistance…

    By: Terry Graedon January 7, 2018 7 Comments
    What Is the Magic with Concord Grape Juice?

    Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. Most people experience the pain predominantly in the heel, especially first thing in the morning. The usual t…

    By: Joe Graedon January 4, 2018 17 Comments
    COPD Drug Side Effects Can Be Deadly

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a very serious lung condition. People with COPD often complain of a constant cough, wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, mucus and fatigue. …

    By: Terry Graedon January 4, 2018 16 Comments
    Show 1105: How to Keep Your Nails Healthy and Be…

    Nails rarely get much medical attention. They just don’t seem as urgent as high blood pressure or diabetes. Despite this, nails are part of the way we present ourselves socially. Consequently, most …

    By: Terry Graedon January 4, 2018 12 Comments
    Beware the Dangers of Cotton-Tipped Swabs

    Ear, nose and throat specialists like to caution us never to stick anything smaller than our elbows in our ears. It seems too many of us don't pay close enough attention, however, especially when it c…

    By: Terry Graedon January 4, 2018 11 Comments
    Will There Be Help for Tinnitus in the Future?

    Tinnitus, the perception of constant noise that no one else can hear, is a common affliction without a cure. But research offers hope that there will be help for tinnitus not too far in the future. Th…

    By: Terry Graedon January 4, 2018 30 Comments
    What Is Behind the Rise in Gabapentinoids?

    The opioid epidemic has doctors looking for alternative treatments to ease pain. Many have turned to a category of medications called gabapentinoids. What Are Gabapentinoids? This category includes th…

    By: Terry Graedon January 4, 2018 2 Comments
    Will Pomegranate Juice Help Lower Blood Sugar?

    Having blood sugar and insulin rise rapidly after a meal has been linked to a number of metabolic problems. Products, like crackers, cookies or bread, that cause such a rapid increase are termed high-…

    By: Joe Graedon January 1, 2018 48 Comments
    Blackseed Oil Saved Knee and Lowered Cholesterol…

    Have you ever heard of blackseed oil? We didn't think so. It has not gotten the attention that turmeric has. The first we became aware of this dietary supplement was from an integrative oncologist, Dr…

    By: Joe Graedon January 1, 2018 18 Comments
    Beware Amiodarone Side Effects and Interactions

    According to the FDA, "Amiodarone is intended for use only in patients with the indicated life-threatening arrhythmias because its use is accompanied by substantial toxicity." The FDA goes on to state…

    By: Terry Graedon January 1, 2018 31 Comments
    Can You Prevent Migraines by Watching Your Diet?

    Migraines are a pain. Even worse than the pain, though, is the life disruption. Some sufferers lose days every time a headache strikes hiding in a dark quiet room. They may feel horribly nauseated or …

    By: Terry Graedon January 1, 2018 7 Comments
    Are Gummies a Good Way to Take Supplements?

    What vitamins and minerals do you take? Do you prefer pills, capsules, drops, softgels, chewable tablets or gummies? There may be differences in how well your supplements work, depending on their form…

    By: Terry Graedon January 1, 2018 18 Comments
    How to Stop a Cold Sore with an Herb

    Whether you call them cold sores or fever blisters, these lesions may pop up when you get sick. A respiratory tract infection or exposure to wind or sun may bring them out. No one knows exactly why a …

    By: Joe Graedon January 1, 2018 7 Comments
    Surprising Ketamine Side Effects and Anti-Suicid…

    There is tremendous confusion and controversy surrounding a very old drug called ketamine (Ketalar). The FDA first approved Ketalar in 1970 as an injectable anesthetic. It had advantages over existing…

    By: Terry Graedon January 1, 2018 13 Comments
    Is Armour Thyroid Better Than T4 for Some People…

    Many people have a thyroid gland that doesn't work properly. In some, the gland appears to spontaneously lose its ability to produce enough thyroid hormones. For others, surgery or radiation treatment…

    By: Terry Graedon December 28, 2017 10 Comments
    Show 1040: How to Make Your Brain Healthy for a …

    At midcareer, neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki had numerous scientific awards and accomplishments. She was studying what makes a brain healthy. But she didn't have much of a life outside of the lab, and sh…

    By: Terry Graedon December 28, 2017 17 Comments
    No Good Evidence on Preventing Dementia

    The prospect of dementia is just as frightening to many people as the possibility of a cancer diagnosis. With the population aging, increasing numbers of Americans will suffer from Alzheimer disease. …

    By: Terry Graedon December 28, 2017 4 Comments
    Help Yourself to Leafy Greens for Better Brain P…

    New analyses appear to show that nothing works to prevent dementia. Nonetheless, one promising study found that a daily serving of leafy greens might help (Morris et al, Neurology, online Dec. 20, 20…

    By: Joe Graedon December 28, 2017 52 Comments
    How Did Doctors Go So Wrong on Calcium and Vitam…

    For decades physicians have been advising their older female patients to take extra calcium and vitamin D for bone strength. It seemed logical. Both calcium and vitamin D play a role in building bone.…

    By: Terry Graedon December 28, 2017 0 Comments
    Should Youngsters Eat Fish for Better Grades?

    According to the old wives, fish is supposed to be brain food. They have just been proved right again, at least in part. A study published in the journal Scientific Reports suggests that kids who eat …

    By: Terry Graedon December 28, 2017 4 Comments
    Memory Is Better with Synchronized Brain Waves

    Adequate sleep is essential for the health of the immune system, cardiovascular system and metabolic response. Sleep is also important for older people’s brains. The key seems to lie in synchronized…

    By: Joe Graedon December 25, 2017 7 Comments
    Can You Cure Asthma With Antifungal Medicine?

    For many people, asthma is a mysterious condition. Wheezing and shortness of breath may seem to come from nowhere. Health professionals frequently blame asthma on allergies. Perhaps a person is allerg…

    By: Terry Graedon December 25, 2017 7 Comments
    When Will Viagra Become More Affordable?

    If a medication is not affordable, it might as well not exist. Actually, it's worse to know that a drug that could help you exists, but you can't foot the bill. Many men have had that experience with …

    By: Terry Graedon December 25, 2017 10 Comments
    Can a Vitamin Really Help Prevent Skin Cancer?

    Skin cancer is the most common type of malignancy in the US. Between 40 and 50 percent of Americans will be diagnosed with either basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma by the age of 65. (Mel…

    By: Joe Graedon December 25, 2017 29 Comments
    What Can You Do When the Flu Shot Doesn’t …

    The public health messages have been going out fast and furious: Get Your Flu Shot Now! The media is spreading the word. Here is just a sampling: "Connecticut Health Officials Urge People to Get a Flu…

    By: Joe Graedon December 25, 2017 9 Comments
    What Will Doctors Do When Baby Boomers Retire?

    Will you ever be able to afford to retire? According to the Pew Research Center, 10,000 baby boomers turned 65 today. Roughly the same number will turn 65 tomorrow and the day after that. In fact, it …

    By: Terry Graedon December 25, 2017 11 Comments
    Can You Avert Diabetes with Cinnamon?

    Type 2 diabetes is increasingly common. According to the American Diabetes Association, 9.4 percent of Americans have diabetes. Most of those individuals have type 2 diabetes, in which the cells stop …

    By: Terry Graedon December 25, 2017 15 Comments
    Can You Prevent Macular Degeneration with Supple…

    As we grow older, our senses may become less sharp. Many people find it harder to hear; others find it more difficult to see clearly. One of the leading causes of impaired vision among senior citizens…